What is the pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families. Currently, the premium is worth £1320 and goes to students who are currently on Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered for FSM in the past six years. Pupils in care, who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months also continue to qualify for the Pupil Premium.
Why is there a pupil premium?
Pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2014 GCSE statistics showed that 36.5% of disadvantaged students achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared with 64% of their fellow students. This is an attainment gap of 27.4 percentage points.
How many pupils at Woodside are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
For 2020-21, 37% of pupils at Woodside are eligible for the Pupil Premium. This is a higher than average proportion of the school community than national.
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
At Woodside, we monitor pupil attainment and progress on a half termly basis. Within this cycle, we track and report individually on pupils eligible for Pupil Premium. Headline data is reported to governors termly.
Pupil Premium funding and spending - Academic Year 2020-2021
Amount per Pupil: £1320 (£2300 for post-LAC)
How is Pupil Premium funding spent to improve outcomes for children?
All pupils at Woodside Academy have complex needs and have either a Statement of SEN or an EHC plan. Teaching, learning and support for the child is individualised and end of year progress data for all pupils is good. Pupil premium monies are spent on key areas linked to the SDP and particular focus is on closing the gap to ensure that there are no children at disadvantage.
Woodside Academy's Strategy Statement for 2020-2021 can be found here.